When Edensor Park’s Thay Lim established the Australian Chinese Youth Sports Federation 12 years ago, he did it with a view of helping local youth.
Mr Lim was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on the Queens Birthday Honours List today for his service to the Chinese community of south west Sydney.
He said the importance of helping young people get off the streets, can not be understated.
‘‘I came to Australia from the war-torn country Cambodia in 1980 and when I came here I was really happy to be here so I wanted to give back to the Australian community by helping others,’’ he said.
‘‘So I started the Australian Chinese Youth Sports Federation - giving kids the opportunity to occupy their time with table tennis, watching TV and doing free fitness and self-defence classes after school.’’
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